Welcome to the Card of the Week Contest! To participate in this Contest you'll have to design a card along the contest guidelines and throw it into the arena with other competitors' entries! At the end of each week, a winner will be determined by forum poll. The winner's card will be rendered and featured on the Welcome page, and the winner decides the challenge for the next week's Contest!
Here we go, competitors: our four-hundred and seventy-fifth challenge!
Design a card with a Pokemon you like in its artwork.
To increase your chances of winning and to also make creating the poll easier on whomever is doing so, please try to use a render. Additionally, please try to keep your entry edits all in one post - if you need to change it you can put your old entry in a spoiler marked "Old entry" and leave the newest rendition to be seen. Just use the edit button in the top/right of your original post.
"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm offended by that,' as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I'm offended by that.' Well, so fucking what?" - Stephen Fry
Magikarp Creature — Fish Level up (: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) — Level 1–3 Splash — : Put a level counter on ~. Activate only as a sorcery and only once each turn. 0/1 — Level 4+ At the beginning of your end step, transform ~. 0/1
Gyarados Creature — Serpent Flying Dragon Dance — : ~ gets +1/+0 and gains first strike until end of turn. Hyper Beam — , : ~ deals 5 damage to any target. 4/4
Yes, Splash is an even more limited level up and "does nothing." That's the point. IYKYK.
Notes: - I asked DALL-E to give me Bulbasaur... it gave me whatever that thing is, but I thought it was funny so kept it. Also, apparently Pokeballs are green... (prompt: "a pokemon trainer returning bulbasaur to his pokeball, digital fantasy art") - When I played Pokemon cards with my sister (around 24 years ago), we didn't speak english really well yet and didn't really understand the rules. So we played in a way that you could only switch two Pokemon if they had the same retreat value. My design is an homage to that. Also, we had a ton of Switch cards... - The subtype Trainer would matter to some cards, like how Arcane mattered to some cards in Kamigawa. - The flavor text is a quote from the Pokemon Gameboy games (Silver in my case, specifically) when you switch Pokemon in a battle.
As the Tribal type allows noncreature cards to have creature types, so does the Pokémon type allows cards to have pokémon types. This way you control a Pokémon, and you can sacrifice a Spoink creature to summon your Grumpig.
@The Harlequin: For the record, I saw your post but I couldn't give you a definitely correct answer. My gut feeling would have been that you are technically correct, but I'd assume WotC wouldn't do this despite being covered by the rules simply to not confuse other people?
As usual, I use the evobar to give the card the "Godzilla treatment" as I prefer this more subtle template - even though I guess it's quite ironic to be used on a Pokémon but not to do an evolution mechanic